ABout Jim

I am a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo College of Medicine as well as a consultant pathologist and the director of the FISH Laboratory at Mayo Clinic Florida. I completed my pathology residency at Mayo Clinic Rochester and an oncologic pathology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Being extremely prolific, I authored and edited seven major pathology textbooks, covering a wide-spectrum of topics in diagnostic pathology as well as quality management. I published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on surgical pathology. I serve as section and leading editor in some of the most cited pathology journals. My research has been focused on translating emerging molecular advances into diagnostic and therapeutic guidance in daily practice by integrating morphology, immunohistochemistry, and liquid biopsy.

I have been a part of the CAP Annual Meeting faculty for many years, as well as a faculty member of the USCAP short course for over 12 consecutive years in several subspecialties, including Head and Neck, Thyroid, GU, and Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry. I am a well sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. I have travelled extensively both domestically and abroad to educate fellow pathologists. My "making complex things easier” mindset combined with mindful clinical relevance and a sense of humor makes my interactive teachings enjoyable, and allows the audience to leave feeling updated and confident.

I have generously donated my time, efforts, and expertise to our pathology societies, including USCAP, CAP, ASCP, Florida Society of Pathologists, Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists, and others. My leading efforts make a significant positive impact on our profession and fellow pathologists. Please see below for my experience serving various pathology societies:

Member:       American Federation for Aging Research, 1996-1999
Member & Fellow:       College of American Pathologists (CAP), 2004-present
Member:       United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), 1998-present
Member:       Minnesota Society of Pathologists, 1998-2002
Member:       American Medical Association, 1998-present
Member:       Minnesota Medical Association, 1998-2003
Member:       Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists (HSCP), 2002-2010
Member:       Harris County Medical Society, 2004-2009
Member:       American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 2014-2016
Member:       International Society of Urologic Pathologists (ISUP) 2003-present
Member:       North America Society of Head and Neck Pathology 2005-present

ActivityPostionYears of Service
CAP Nominating CommitteeMember2015-2017
House of Delegates (HOD)Delegate2009-present
HOD Action Group Networking on COEMember2013
HOD Action Group on the Laboratory Accreditation ProgramMember2014
Immunohistochemistry CommitteeMember2014-2018
Inspection Process CommitteeMember2018-present
Publications CommitteeMember2011-2016

Medical Editorial Board to CAP Today, 2011-2016

Section Editor ENT Pathology to “Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine”, 2005-present

Section Editor IHC to “Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine” 2005-2014

Lead author “Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology: Strategies for Assessment, Improvement, and Assurance” published 2017 by CAP Press.

Lead Author “Grossing, Staging, and Reporting: An Integrated Manual of Modern Surgical Pathology” summer 2019 by CAP Press.

Author of Chapter “Quality Assurance in Anatomic Pathology” in “Laboratory Administration for Pathologists” second edition by CAP Press.

For the last six years, I have been heavily involved with FSP, playing different roles, includingchair of the Education Committee, secretary, vice president, and president-elect.

Due to the strong competition of education conferences in Florida, the FSP annual meeting was not in great shape:attendance declined dramatically, revenue decreased, and the society had been losing money forseveral consecutive years. Using team efforts and collective wisdom, I took innovative measures to improve the meeting. These included adding interactive microscopy sessions, attendance survey and follow-ups,timely topics, industrial lectureship.

As a result of these efforts, the FSP Annual Meeting turned into one of most attractive state pathology conferences. Now nearly300 pathologists regularly attendour winter annual meetings.

As for FSP summer meetings, rather than stopping them, FSP Summer Conferences have become much stronger. Around 150 to 200 pathologists attend regularly. As a result, the FSP financial status is strong again and we are making significant profit to support our education and advocacy missions for the FSP members. Our membership is stronger than ever, too.

I served on the Education Committee of USCAP from 2008 to 2012. During that time, I was heavily involved with planning and organizing the USCAP Annual Meeting, including selecting long course directors, evaluating shorting course proposals, scoring the abstracts to be accepted, and assigning them to be presented as posters or oral presentations.

One of the important changes I proposed, which was subsequently accepted and implemented, is to change a four-year cycle to a three-year cycle for all of the short courses. This change has dramatically increased the turnaround time for the courses and updated the knowledge and information much more quickly. Also, more faculty members have been accepted to teach. This made a three-year cycle short course much more attractive cost-effective. Therefore, the three-year cycle of USCAP short course remains unchanged until now.

I served as chair of Scientific Programs, treasurer, vice president, and president-elect for this 325-member pathologists’ organization. I was scheduled to be the president in 2009; however, I relocated in early 2009. During mytenure as anHSCP officer, I made significant contributions to itseducation program, membership, and financial strength.

CAPA is an organization for pathologists practicing in America but originally fromChina and pathologists who cherish Chinese culture. I served several leadership roles including president from 2014 to 2015 and made several dramatic changes. The organization now has more than 500 members (and is still growing in apool of around 1,500 such pathologists).

I would love to see more CAPA members join the CAP; and I strongly believe that the CAP will be an even better organization once we recruit more members from CAPA.

I served on the Pathologist Recertification Individualized Self-Assessment Examination Committee (PRISE) (now called Resident Question Bank Committee)2014-2015.The ASCP PRISE Committee provided a tool for practicing pathologists and pathology residents to self-assess their pathology competencies, skills, and knowledge, includingResidents In-Service Examination (RISE).

  • Professor and Consultant Pathologist, Medical Director FISH Laboratory

    Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic Florida
    Jacksonville, FL

  • Professor of Pathology, Attending Pathologist

    Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH

  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Weil Medical College of Cornell University
    Attending Pathologist, Medical Director of Immunohistochemistry and in situ Laboratory

    Houston, TX

  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Weil Medical College of Cornell University
    Attending Pathologist, Medical Director of Immunohistochemistry and FISH Laboratory

    Houston, TX

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine
    Attending Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Houston Methodist Hospital

    Houston, TX

  • Oncologic Pathology Fellowship

    Department of Pathology, U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX

  • Residency

    Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Rochester, MN

  • Associate Staff Investigator (equivalent to associate professor of research)

    Department of Neurology, Henry Ford Hospital
    Detroit, MI

  • Assistant Professor of Research, Associate Director

    Cerebrovascular Disease Laboratory, Department of Neurology, Medical College of Ohio
    Toledo, OH

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Department of Neurology, Medical College of Ohio
    Toledo, OH

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Department of Neurology, Medical College of Ohio
    Toledo, OH

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Department of Neurology, Creighton University
    Omaha, NE

  • Graduate School

    Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
    Beijing, P.R. China

  • M.D.

    Shandong University
    Shandong, P.R. China